A Healing Viewpoint. The exhibit "Current Realities: A Native Americans' Perspective" explores the "current realities" of more than 60 American Indian artists in Oklahoma. Sponsoring the exhibit is OklaDaDa, a networking organization working to cultivate the success of Native Artists. The "dada" part of the name refers to the belief that there is more than one valid perspective, which gives art the power to create dialogue and investigation. The opening reception begins tonight at the Living Arts Gallery, 308 S. Kenosha Ave., from 5-8pm. The exhibit runs through February 28, and can be viewed Thursdays, 5-8pm and Saturdays, 1-4pm. Call 585-1234 for more information.
Outperforming Redford? The Tulsa Ballet kicks off its 2008 season with something familiar, yet new to local audiences. You'll remember this one from school, or maybe because it's one of the most widely-read novels of the 20th century. The Great Gatsby opens as a full-length ballet this evening at 8pm in the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Accompanied by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the performance features the stimulating music and scenery of the roaring '20s. Travel back in time to witness Gatsby's yearning for the married Daisy, whose husband is having an affair with Myrtle, whose husband mistakes her secret lover as Gatsy. It's twisted, which is why it's a great illustration for a ballet. Call 749-6006 for tickets or visit tulsaballet.org for more information.
Honor Tradition. Admire the artwork and creations from the best American Indian artists in the country at the 22nd Annual Tulsa Indian Art Festival. The event continues today at the Quick Trip Center at the Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. The festival features an art market, hands on activities, cultural demonstrations, educational exhibits, storytelling, student art exhibit, Indian exhibition dancing and authentic American Indian food. Pictured above: A Long Night by Jeanne Rorex Bridges. Festival hours are 10am-5pm today and Sunday, 10:30am-5pm. Admission is $6. Visit tulsaindianartfest.com for more information.
Low Budget, High Quality. Sundays are meant for relaxing and refreshing yourself for the week ahead, so why not enjoy a local film project? Take a drive to Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road, for the showing of Four Sheets to the Wind, the movie filmed in Holdenville and Tulsa about the life of a young Seminole/Creek American boy after the untimely suicide of his father. Directed by Sterlin Harjo and starring Cody Lightning and Tamara Podemski, the movie starts at 1:30pm. Free. Call 596-2768 for more information.
Dance Monkey Dance. Time to get rowdy party people! Celebrate the 1st birthday of the zoo's female baby chimpanzee Vindi this week at the Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. North. Bring a new, unwrapped gift in Vindi's honor to be donated to the child at the Saint Francis Children's hospital and receive a voucher for free admission. Each toy is good for one ticket. Toys will be available to purchase from the zoo's gift shop and then donated to the campaign. The selfless little monkey asked for this so please remember your toys. The party lasts until Friday. Call 669-6635 for more information.
Heart of Glass. Be the next Dale Chihuly and come to the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio, 19 E. Brady, to try a hand at an art form you never thought you'd attempt. The Glass Experience begins with instruction from the experts, who then give you the tools to design an original glass piece to take home. Sounds like a great idea for a Valentine's Day gift or a fun night out for the both of you. Regular classes and walk-ins are always welcome. Call 582-4527.
Everyday Is V-Day. Surprise the love of your life an evening early with a visit to the MA Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria. Tonight's opening reception for the Valentines Group Show starts at 5pm. The evening showcases new works by local and national gallery artists. Featured pieces include abstract and realist paintings, sculpture and American Craft. Participants include Otto Duecker, Wendy Matson, Steve Tomlin, Richard Heisler, whose watercolor, acrylic and color pencil painting Ginza #1 is pictured above, and many more artists. Many will be in attendance. Call 748-8700 for details.
I Heart You. Love is in the air, folks and why not celebrate with a little dancin' to some live tunes? A bit country and a hint of the blues, Delbert McClinton sets the mood onstage tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. McClinton's early memories of western swing included going as a child to see Ballroom legend Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys in Texas. With his original influence and his experience with today's most famous country musicians, like Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Martina McBride and Garth Brooks, McClinton will set sparks flying across the audience. Doors open at 7pm. Advanced tickets $29, day of $31. Visit cainsballroom.com for information.
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